The Snare of Caring
One of the simplest ways to alleviate anxiety is to worry less—and in some cases, stop caring altogether—about what other people think.
That doesn’t mean you should ignore good counsel from wise people who have sincere motives, but you cannot be fearful of every critic who has an opinion either.
That doesn’t mean you can do anything you want, and in the name of freedom disregard objectivity and say you’ve stopped caring what other people think. Like one fellow said, “Freedom has boundaries, and the boundary for swinging your fist begins at the end of my nose.”
Worrying about whether someone is displeased–as opposed to offended–when you exercise your liberty in Christ is debilitating and fruitless.
That does mean we trust the Lord and say and do what’s right even when it’s unpopular; we never avoid truth, reason, or logic by kowtowing to the political-correctness police.
We each have to run our own race, a race no one else is capable of running, and we’ll each answer to God, by ourselves, for the way we run it.
To this end, Solomon reminds us “The fear of man bringeth a snare: But whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25).
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